Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 145
Beer Ratings: 83,491
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 560 | Reviews: 263 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.28/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on 4-22-09 on the way to DLD '09.
Let me start by saying that Founder's is rapidly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I love most everything that I can get my hands on from them. It's probably a good thing that they aren't available here, locally. I'd have lots of good beer, but I'd be broke.
When we arrived I was initially overwhelmed at the number of people who were there. It's a Wednesday night. Wow. I quickly realized that Wednesday is mug night. If you have a mug with them, you get discounts on your brews. Then it all made sense.
I quickly realized that all of these people are here drinking 'good' craft beer. Not a macro in the place. These people are enjoying their brews, also. They're discussing them with their friends. (I think I'm in heaven.)
We tried two different sandwiches, which were both very good. Good quality meats and cheeses on excellent breads. Very tasty.
Their pricing was found to be quite reasonable, on food and brews, alike. The food menu was quite interesting, also. I wish I had the time and/or appetite to try more items. Oh, well, next time.
We sat at the bar and the bartenders were very helpful and knowledgeable and friendly. We were offered, several times, to have sample pour tastes of anything we'd like to try. These were not necessary, because I knew what I wanted to drink, but it was appreciated.
I'd been watching their tap menu, online for a couple of weeks prior to going and had hopes for certain beers to try. Between this and some BA threads I'd heard that KBS, Maple Mountain Brown, and CBS were all off the menu. This meant that the Imperial Bourbon Barrel Stout was my one hope for trying. When I got there, I was ecstatic to find that all four were on tap that night.
This was a trip that was hours out of my way and it proved to be well worth it. I can't wait to go again. Hopefully next year, around DLD, if not before.
05-01-2009 21:42:23 | More by coldmeat23
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